On October 1st, 2017, during the final hours of the Route 91 Harvest Festival, Las Vegas was changed forever. 58 people were killed in the most deadly mass shooting in America’s history, and another 851 individuals were injured.
In the days following the Route 91 Harvest Festival, the people of Las Vegas were still struggling with how to move forward. There were people mourning lost family and friends, people were still recovering in the hospital, and countless others were just trying to understand. In the wake of the tragedy, Vegas residents coined the phrase “Vegas Strong” as a city came together in mourning for the lost friends and family.
The pain of the tragedy was felt by all Las Vegas residents, to include the military community. In an effort to honor the fallen, some of the military community had the idea to walk 58 miles, one mile for each person killed on October 1st. In just a few short weeks, they had organized and conducted a 58 mile march. 28 people participated in the march and managed to raise over $15,000 for the victims and survivors.